Greenstone and Caples Tracks, Queenstown

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The Greenstone and Caples Tracks form a tramping (hiking) circuit which is located in the South Island of New Zealand. Each track can be completed by itself and are linked by the McKellar Saddle while the loop also links to several other tracks including the New Zealand Great Walk of the Routeburn Track as well as the Mavora Lakes Conservation Park tracks. All of these areas are part of the Te Wāhipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area.Ownership and accessThe Caples Track follows the Caples River up the privately owned Caples Valley while the Greenstone Track follows the Greenstone River in the Greenstone Valley which is also privately owned. Much of the area is owned by the local tribe of the Ngāi Tahu while most of the tracks are in the Greenstone and Caples Conservation Areas with some also being a part of the Fiordland National Park around Lake McKellar. The whole track is open to public access as long as stock is not disturbed.HutsThere are three public huts on the tracks, the Greenstone Hut, the McKellar Hut and the Mid Caples Hut. There are also several private huts as well as some hunters huts: The Mid Greenstone Hut and the Upper Caples Hut.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Nice tracks and great huts can be muddy in areas Love being surrounded by huge mountains as you pass through the valley Area is farm land so cattle and sheep are often seen around and on the tracks he...  more »
  • April 10, 2017
    A longer hike, with huts along the way, can start ideally at Queenstown end, but can do from Te Anau side too  more »
  • February 24, 2017
    Even though the track was like a swamp, It was incredible. The views you get are absolutely incredible! I can definitely recommend to make clothing choices for mud being above ankle deep in some place...  more »

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